Does ALL Windows software work?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by dumoon, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. dumoon macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2007
    Hi - My wife may be scoring the SAT this fall. She's required to download and use some software available only for a Windows machine. I was planning on trying out Boot Camp and purchasing XP, however, they state:

    * ePEN is not compatible with Macs, Macs running Virtual/Bootcamp/or Parallel Windows, or Linux operating systems

    Should I believe them? I thought Windows operated identically under BC. I'd rather not spend the $$ on Windows to test it out....any advice would be helpful.


  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    Under Bootcamp you are just running Windows on another x86 box. There is no reason for it not to work. They are just covering their asses as they don't want to support Bootcamp issues.
  3. dumoon thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2007
    HA! Thanks robbieduncan....I told my wife that was probably the case, but wanted to get a more informed opinion.
  4. J@ffa macrumors 6502a


    Jul 21, 2002
    Behind you!
    I remember reading about this somewhere, actually - it was for law students who were sitting the exams, but I think it was because non-tech savvy markers obviously wouldn't know the difference between native and emulated operating systems so they just blanket banned Macs. The situation with this might be different, but the fact that they explicitly forbid Macs makes me think it's not worth the trouble. If no-one's going to see the machine though (she's marking at home, say) then go for it. :p
  5. crabola macrumors newbie

    Apr 18, 2009
    Did your wife ever try it?

    My Mom has the same problem. She needs to run the Pearson Scoring software and they told her that her Mac "wouldn't pass the diagnostic" that the program runs. I would hate to see her have to buy a PC when she can just get Windows and install it under Bootcamp.
  6. aiterum macrumors 6502


    Nov 17, 2007
    United States
    how do people not get this? windows under bootcamp runs natively and anything that works natively under windows will work natively on your mac when it is running windows under bootcamp. Bootcamp is just a program that partitions your harddrive, so its not even running under bootcamp, its just running windows natively. So stop worrying about this already
  7. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    But doesn't bootcamp install drivers to allow the windows program to communicate with EFI since there is no windows BIOS?
  8. cathyy macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2008
    3DS Max 2008 has some problems running under Boot Camp.
  9. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    Every computer has drivers, so they can't justifiably ban a computer for having drivers :)

    I believe that all the BIOS/EFI interaction is done before Windows even loads.
  10. mac88 macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2008
    Boston, MA.
    Don't worry about it, the program will run just fine.
  11. AVR2 macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2006
    Only DOS-based Windows variants - so, anything up to and including Win98, but possibly WinME as well - require run-time access to the BIOS. None of the later versions of Windows actually use the BIOS for anything other than instigating the boot process; once that's underway, Windows communicates with the system hardware via device drivers, rendering the BIOS somewhat redundant.
  12. dumoon thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2007
    There was an online form that had you state your OS. It didn't like it when you entered anything non-Windows. We figured we could enter Windows if using XP through Bootcamp, but then my sister gave us her PC laptop and we decided to use that rather than spend the $$ on a copy of XP.

  13. Syonidism macrumors regular

    Feb 10, 2009
    just as well... However you were good to go under bootcamp too.

    anyways tell us how it goes:p
  14. Stridder44 macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2003
    This is most definitely the case. They're just covering their asses.

    Exactly. It's native %100 pure-grade Windows. You have nothing to worry about.

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